“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
I think this quote by Anais Nin is pretty much spot on with our take on life. We travel, not to arrive but just to see what’s around the corner. Traveling and opening yourself to a certain amount of discomfort by living outside of your comfort zone opens doors which you had never even imagined where there to start off with. It is a way of life in which you get to know new people and new places as well as yourself. It is a journey of self discovery in which one can reflect on life as well as one’s achievements and learn from your failures. What are we in search of? No idea, but I’ll let you know when we find it. Are we running away from anything in particular? Not really, we have done this long enough to realise that whatever unhappiness, problem or baggage you carry, it will follow you wherever you go. So, why do we keep on moving? We (as far as we know) only live once, we live in a planet which we treat as if we had somewhere else to live once we’ve finished destroying it. There are some amazing places to discover, some wonderful people to meet and so many friends we’ve no met yet. We have been given a tremendous opportunity in life, a chance to explore, to wander and to discover, it would almost be irresponsible to not grab this chance with both hands and make the most of it.
I think the next phase in our lives is going to be the most fascinating chapter. A chance to live in one of the most exciting countries on the planet, where 90% of the wildlife cannot be found elsewhere. WOW, simply WOW! We are ready to embrace the challenge and to get on with it. The transition period in which one knows you are planning on moving and the actual move itself is the most exciting and also the hardest time. Not wanting to wish our lives away we count the days and hours until our new adventure, and what an adventure that will be! Yup, we are on serious countdown, last night we booked all our flights so we now have concrete dates. I am off to the UK on a course from 12th April until 14th May. I return to Qatar to finish some formalities including cancelling my RP (Resident’s Permit) and then on 2nd June, I head off to Bulgaria and then onto the UK where I will meet up with Cathy and Katja on June 22nd. We will then head off to Madagascar on July 21st after a break in the UK, including a week in Wales. Last year we stayed in Cardigan Bay and loved it so much, we will be going back for the week. We will then do a quick detour and head to Cheltenham to meet up with friends before heading back to Oswestry.
In the mean-time, life just goes on, get up at 04:40, work, home, early night and repeat and let’s have a weekend in between.
Over the past couple of weeks we got to see two different friends from Bulgaria. One was here on business, whilst the other was stopping in Doha for a couple of days to see us. Then we also had the chance to meet up with a friend also from Bulgaria but currently living in Saudi. We went to the Singing Sand Dunes and did the usual touristy things.
That’s pretty much it for now, watch this space for our next update……